Austria is a landlocked country with only a third of its territory lying below sixteen hundred feet. Located within the Alps, it has a spectacularly beautiful landscape. With impressive mountain ranges and verdant valleys, lakes and rivers, traditional villages and historic cities, Austria holidays have wide appeal. In winter, skiers arrive in their hundreds of thousands to enjoy the thrill of alpine skiing. In summer, the land is transformed into alpine pastures filled with wild flowers and grazing livestock. The cities of Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck are ideal for those seeking a short break. Whether you are looking for a place to relax amid splendid beauty, or wish to have an active break, or even a cultural visit, there'll be an Austria city break to suit. As the country is renowned for its warm hospitality and the high standards of its accommodation, you are sure to be satisfied.
When it comes to winter sports, Austria has resorts to suit all levels of ability and, for the most part, snow cover is good. The likes of Alpbach is great for beginners and families, while Saalbach's slopes suit intermediates. Serious skiers should head for the demanding runs at St. Anton. Austria has several interlinked resorts giving a vast variety of runs. As the snows melt and summer approaches, the landscape changes but is no less spectacular. Hill walkers and mountain climbers now replace the skiers and there are walking trails suitable for all levels of ability. All visitors, regardless of fitness, can enjoy views from mountain peaks. They can take the gondolers and lifts to high altitudes where they can then take gentle strolls on the plateaux. Amble or cycle round crystal lakes and visit charming lakeside villages. Enjoy fishing or swimming, sailing or canoeing, or take a cruise to neighbouring towns. Play a round of golf on one of the many courses, or outdoor tennis. If you are looking for spa treatments, you'll find the mineral rich waters of Austria's thermal spas will do more than simply relax. They claim to relieve aches and pains, and help soothe skin conditions.
There are some amazing historical cities in Austria. Vienna, the largest city, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a city of contrasts where the old and new co-exist in harmony. Gothic and neoclassical edifaces sit in close proximity to modern steel and class constructions. The Habsburg empire produced imposing palaces and buildings that are now museums and galleries. Innsbruck, although a much smaller city, is filled with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Nestled beneath the Tyrolean Alps, it can not fail to impress. Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart is another fascinating city, ideal for visiting during a long weekend.
Whichever Austria city break you choose, you'll find good accommodation to suit most budgets, restaurants catering for all tastes and pockets, and tourist attractions galore.